AIRECENTRE Pacers were in action across the region last weekend scoring several personal bests along the way.

Two important races took place on Sunday – the Brass Monkey half marathon held in York and the Temple Newsam 10 miler run in the grounds of Temple Newsam House in Leeds.

Heavy overnight rain made conditions treacherous at Temple Newsam with epic quantities of mud on some sections of the route.

However, Sarah Podesta (1:36:06) and Louise Holloway Coulthart (1:39:09) ploughed on regardless finishing muddy but unbowed.

Meanwhile, over in York, Jen and Emma Sebright-Pickard flew the club colours in the popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon.

This race sells out in hours and attracts some top notch runners. There was plenty of rain but not so much mud as Jen (1:55:41) and Emma (1:57:10) did the club proud in demanding conditions.

Moving further afield, Simon Molyneaux ran the Central Lancs half marathon on January 2, notching up a 1:41:01 personal best in the process.

The prize for racing furthest away from club headquarters has to go to Amanda Connolly, who completed the Cromwell Triathlon in Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand, again on January 2.

Featuring a 300m swim, 22k bike ride and a run of 5.8k, she overcame several hurdles including missing race marshals, tricky route finding and a fall from her bike.

Finally, last weekend saw a number of good Parkrun performances from Pacers with 11 runners at Bradford Parkrun, five at Bramley and Josie Bennett flying the Pacers flag all alone at Leeds Woodhouse Moor.

Chris Larkins was first Pacer home at Bradford in 23:45, followed by Sally Haigh holding off a late challenge from Paul Grindley in 24:25.

Haigh's second place age group place followed on from her first place the previous week.

Meanwhile, Helen Waite ran a 26:23 personal best with Chris Hill running a fine 23:45 the previous week to notch up another first MV65 placing.